Wheatley, Phillis

Boston, MA — Built in 1729 as a meeting house for Puritan worship, the Old South Meeting House was the stage for some of the most dramatic events leading up to the American Revolution.

In a land where horsemanship was often men’s touchiest point of pride, Jefferson had to admit he never saw Washington’s like for grace and control in the saddle. A froniter runner and Indian wrestler — his friend George Mercer described his frame as padded with well-developed muscles — Washington had by 1774 refined mere energy down to a grace of least movement, the higher athleticism of the dance. And he danced well.

Garry Wills
Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978)